Thanks for the discussion on “house churches.” I agree that congregations can meet in homes but still be orthodox, have pastors, and be connected to a larger institution. Indeed, that may be a good way to go. However, I believe most house churches today are distinctly anti-institutional. This came up in the previous discussion, but what do you think of “home churches”?This is an outgrowth of the home school movement in which individual families meet together on Sundays and have their own worship service, with the father serving as “pastor.” No one else is present except the family members.
Does THAT constitute a valid congregation, or does it violate the command in Hebrews not to forsake gathering together?